Coding - ICD10monitor

Now that the sustainable growth rate (SGR) bill has been signed by the president without any further ICD-10 delay language, it’s time to proceed with ICD-10. Although there are many speculations regarding increased data causing operational bottlenecks, it may not necessarily be due to a huge spike in claims volume…
There are plenty of outside forces that take physicians away from patient care. But are there so many that physicians have become afraid of letting “what’s happening tomorrow” beat them?  The inevitable move to ICD-10 is one of these things. Most physicians don’t know what it is but have heard…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is part of an occasional series on ICD-11. ICD-11 has been in development since 2007 but will not be ready for use in the United States, by some estimates, until the year 2023 or later. ICD-11 is an important undertaking, as its precursor, ICD-10, is…
Christian and Anastasia lit up movie theaters in February during the much-awaited premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey. Fans of the three-book series waited over two years to see their favorite characters grace the big screen. Likewise, health information management (HIM) professionals and medical record coders have been waiting for…
The age of multitasking, overscheduling, and 24-7 technology connectivity has given way to increased use of the phrase “quality time.” As in, “my family and I are turning off our phones tonight and spending some quality time together.” Or “this weekend, we’re going camping for some quality time with friends…
Not everything you read about ICD-10 is true. I know, it’s shocking. Sarcasm aside, I feel it is an important point to make since there is a lot of information floating out there about ICD-10 and it takes a level of discernment to ascertain what is the truth and what…
One of the most sophisticated reimbursement models in the United States involves hierarchical logic for grouping a coded health record into a designated payment group based upon the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG). This is the basis of payment used in the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). The…
Given the recent extension of the ICD-10 compliance date, many hospitals are stepping back and re-evaluating project plans and timelines to use this time to improve their transition readiness.